ALPINE Stone Composite - the durability of stone but the softness of wood and perfect for all living areas!
ALPINE provides exceptional durability, temperature stability and impact resistance.
The perfect DIY option & available in 14 colours and in the on-trend longer plank size, 230 x 1524mm!
ALPINE planks are made up of five distinct layers, each working in partnership to create a floor that will stand up to the tough demands of life. These layers are bonded together in a one-step heat fusion process, not glued, so they won't de-laminate.
We do not recommend ALPINE be used over waterproof membranes in bathrooms, laundries and toilets as these areas are regularly immersed in water and water could pool in the void and encourage mould.
The safest waterproof system for immersion-prone wet areas in your home is a compliant waterproof membrane encapsulated by tiles in accordance with the NZ Building code.
NB: Kitchens are not regularly immersed in water so these areas are acceptable.
Key Benefits of ALPINE:
• Free of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
• Stain resistant
• Easy to maintain and clean
• R9 slip resistance, P3 slip resistance (.37 Pendulum wet test)
• STC (Sound Transmission Class) = 67
• IIC (Impact Insulation Class) = 69
• Wear class 34 - heavy commercial
• Higher density, more rigid & more durable than laminate flooring means minor subfloor imperfections will not telegraph through
• Environmentally conscious primary material of 70% Limestone resulting in extra rigidity.
• Stone Composite is 4x more dimensionally stable than LVT & 10x more impact resistant than WPC
• No acclimatisation needed, easy click installation
• Large area installation without transitions
• Lower sound transmission; backed with EVA
• The I4F “fold-down” locking system has a far superior locking strength
• Made from all Virgin material yet 100% recyclable
• Orthophthalates-free, No DOP, No DINP
• FloorScore accredited production
• In the case of a flood, the floor can be unzipped, dried, and re-laid (unlike laminate, carpet or wooden flooring).
NB: ALPINE is a fused stone composite, not a laminate therefore not prone to delamination!
Can you install Alpine directly on shower floors?
No, this is not recommended and not covered under the warranty – porcelain tiles are the better solution/product to use in this instance. While the Alpine planks themselves are water-resistant, due to the floating nature of this product it is not to be used directly inside shower bases.
Can you install Alpine in wet areas such as bathrooms?
It is not advisable and not covered by the warranty. Here’s why...all wet areas need to be fully tanked/waterproofed under the building code prior to any floor finish being installed over the top. Failure to do so will leave the homeowner exposed to the risk of leaks through their wider living areas. Common sense dictates you will not be wanting to rely on a topical flooring that can be subject to movement and penetrations and flooding to protect your risk from water. To be safe and protect your largest investment you need to waterproof first if you then lay alpine over the top the material itself is water-resistant and the joints themselves are the patented I4F locking system (that in our tests has not let water through) but as a floating floor we also need to leave a perimeter expansion joint around the edges and silicone has a limited life so movement and time could see water get trapped between the waterproof membrane which will create dampness and mould. You could then uplift, dry the floor and relay it but not many occupiers would be keen on this.
The best bathroom solution is porcelain tile that encapsulates and protects the membrane.
Can you install Alpine directly over the top of underfloor heating?
Yes, however, you must use level floor compound over the top of it first to account for any voids. This layer needs to be 1cm thick at least. Alpine can handle temps of up to 30 degrees Celsius. Always check with the manufacturer of the sub-floor heating for their recommendations on new slabs.
What is the slip rating on Alpine planks?
While the slip rating doesn’t directly correlate with tile abrasions results Alpine would class as an R9 comparatively or P3 in Australian standards. There are two ways Alpine planks have been tested for slip. On the Ramp Test, they deliver an R-9 result, whilst on the Pendulum Test, they achieve a rating of P-3.
What is the wear layer on Alpine planks?
Alpine has a wear layer of 0.5mm’s – the warranty on this is 10 years.
Can Alpine be installed in an exterior setting?
No, this product is not to be used outdoors.
Can Alpine be installed in high sun areas?
A combination of sunlight UV and heat can cause most home furnishings, carpet, wood or laminate flooring to fade so we recommend avoiding exposure to direct sunlight for prolonged periods. Alpine is an SPC floating floor and prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause fading over time.
In addition, heat from prolonged exposure can cause the floor to move beyond the performance parameters we recommend in our installation instructions. During peak sunlight hours, the use of blinds or drapes is recommended or the installation of external shades/awnings to protect your internal coverings and furnishings, as well as your floor.
Can Alpine be installed directly in front of a fireplace?
No this is not advisable and not covered under warranty due to possible heat damage. Using porcelain tiles is always considered best practice for hearths.
Is it safe to use Alpine planks in areas where wheelchairs are frequently used?
Yes – Alpine is perfect for this application!
Can you install kitchens or cabinetry directly on top of Alpine?
No, this is not best practice. Cabinetry should be installed first and the Alpine installed afterward. Installing directly on top of cabinetry is not covered in the warranty. Heavy objects (>200kg) should also not be situated on any floating installation. This can lead to the floor failing to respond to contraction and expansion, which can cause squeaking, gapping and possible failure.
How do I maintain and clean my Alpine flooring?
To ensure daily dust and debris doesn’t build up we recommend sweeping or vacuuming regularly using soft bristle brushes and vacuum attachments. If spills occur, wipe them up promptly and follow with a wet microfibre or a steam mop. For deeper cleaning spray and mop using a pH neutral cleaner. Always avoid cleaners that contain polish, wax or oil. Ensure any acidic or pet messes are cleaned up immediately to prevent staining.
For more information about care and maintenance, please refer to our Alpine Flooring Care and Maintenance leaflet.
Will any imperfections in the subfloor telegraph through?
No. Due to the rigid nature of Alpine flooring and the superior locking system imperfections in the subfloor will not telegraph through, creating a perfectly flat floor. Alpine is 4 times more dimensionally stable than LVT.
Is Alpine a safe and environmentally friendly choice of flooring for your home?
Yes! Alpine is Ortho-Phthalate Free and is free from DOP (Dioctyl phthalate) and DNIP (Di-isononyl-phthalate) and formaldehyde. Free of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and has been given Floorscore certification. Better yet Alpine is 100% recyclable!
Why is Stone Composite considered better quality than MDF hardwood and laminates?
Stone Composite brings together the durability and strength of stone with the versatility and ease of installation and maintenance associated with like-products. It is 3 times more rigid, 10 times more impact resistant, and with a core of stone, more durable than laminate flooring.
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